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So it’s all his fault

So when your best friend at primary school say  ” hey want to catch some fish after school ” and with nothing better to do I was taken by Martin Arnold to a road run off ditch near his home where by just tying worms to cotton on and with hazel sticks and letting sticklebacks swallow the worm we caught fish.  So started some 54 years ago my love, no passion, OK wife my obsession with fishing yes lately I have had some sett backs but having my best friend Martin back out in the Keys has got the blood flowing again.  What I have always liked about fishing with Martin it’s so much more than the fishing, the silly and I mean silly jokes and the flash backs to our many and some times crazy past fishing adventures but most of all its just his joy of catching fish.  They don’t have to be monsters or do massive jumps or searing runs as long as they take the bait and pull the string its OK by Martin yes the weather was more than trying for his recent last trip but with long time customer Brian Ironman did we all fun you bet !





Our new Capt Mike was more than impressed with Brian’s angling ability it makes a change when you have a guy who is more than capably and willing to do the death roll under the anchor to save a fish what Capt Mike did not know over the years Brian has done this many times and I hope he will come back and do many more.  Found a new mark close in while taking shelter from the strong winds the joy of the Florida Keys and had fun with smooth puffer fish even had one taking bites out of a pelican.  Always good to find new  ” shelter marks ” must break a habit and try them on good days we might be missing out and as they say you never know till you go.




Highlight of Martin and Brian’s week had to be Brian’s epic battle with a 100 lb plus lemon shark on a very light spinning rod this was a classic case of elephants eat pea nuts or rugby plays like prawns but with light hands and Brian’s fishing ability this was only going to end one way and fish to the boat a joy to watch.  So an other week with old buddy and fishing mate and enough fishing good mojo to keep this old and partly broken guy in a good place for an other year thanks Martin see you soon.

Still ticking boxes

Sorry, sorry for the lack of blogs lets just say the new house has been a bit of a challenge but at last we are seeing the light so to speak the problem in the Florida Keys years ago when you wanted so more room you or your friends just added an other room taking power and water as needed and lets say permits and codes were not high on any lists. The down side is that when it goes wrong unless you are the guy who did the work you have no idea on how to put right any problems as we have been having so on Tuesday we have contractors coming in and starting again from source.  Less of my problems and back to the big question how is it fishing ? well despite one of our toughest starts to a year we are still ticking boxes with some stunning fish.





The one thing I love about our Capt Mike is how well he is fitting in and whilst some days my heart meds make me very low it is more than compensated by the highs of Capt Mike but last week even he had a reality check.  Capt Mike likes to ask our new guests as he did with Dylan, Bruce and Brian  ” what is you biggest fish ever  ”  and then he says  “no problem we can do way better than that ”  however this was not the case last week.  The reply from our new boys was  500 lb , 600 lb and near 800 lb they were a seasoned marlin crew which even makes our goliath grouper seem small. However they all had a desire to tick a few boxes grouper and bull shark being two and so for Capt Mike and myself it was game on and the Florida Keys did not disappoint.



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I always say you can tell true fishermen and this was very much the case with Dylan’s party yes the weather did not play ball ever day and when it is not perfect you can only catch what is there but hell have fun and enjoy as the saying goes a less than perfect day’s fishing beats any day working.  Over the 12 years of doing Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys people often ask have you seen any changes and the answer is yes the water is not as clear as it used to be, we have fish we never used to have and yes despite global warming it is a lot colder in winter.  Does this affect the fishing well no the fish just adapt and some of the new ones are fun take the large puffer fish they pull more than you think and as they also say it’s all about having fun with a rod in your hand.

El Nino ?

A massive sorry for the lack of blogs but with the toughest start of the year weather wise since the frost of  09  yes we had a frost in the Keys and the move to the new Villa not as smooth as I hoped, but we are getting there but more to the point we are still catching and ticking boxes.  So is it El Nino or global warming or climate change not made my mind up yet but one thing is that it sucks.  Have to feel for poor Karen and Sam our first guys of 2016 they had to put up with rain, thunder and lightning, wind and cold in fact over their week the sea temps dropped a full 12 degrees on the coldest day the sea was just 56.  I have to give a full 10 out of 10 to the both of them they stuck at it and had some great fishing most of all I had to admire the lets just enjoy what we can catch, as fishing should be.


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I think the best day they had was when Capt Mike put them on a mess of Bluefish these are one group of fish that winter in the Keys from up north and dont mind the cold water at all.  Looking very like are UK bass but the difference is sett of teeth any piranha would be proud of best of all when you find them they are on the 24/7 feeding frenzy so it is smiles all round and a fish a chuck as a guy once said  ” just like UK lure fishing but with fish “.  Karen also up her PB from 100 lb to over 150 lb a stunning black tip shark and well done yet again Capt Mike this one was for an anchor rope wrap but with the Capt mike body roll  (  will have to get it on video  ) it was only ever coming to the boat.  So once again sorry for the weather but hope you have some good memories and please come back with a case of warm calm days.